Make sure all filters in your air conditioner or heat pump are
clean. Dirty filters can prevent cool air from efficiently flowing
into your living space.
To reduce air conditioning costs, set the thermostat 5 to 10
degrees higher while at work.
Use kitchen and bath ventilation fans sparingly. These
fans can help temporarily take humidity out of a room (i.e. during and after
a shower), however overuse can pull out an entire houseful of cool air in
just one hour.
Close drapes and blinds in hot weather to block out the sun
and keep the home cool.
Be sure that the damper to your fireplace is closed during the
summer to avoid warm air from coming through the chimney and to keep cool
air from escaping.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer away from direct sunlight
or warm air (for example, from a range or dishwasher) so these appliances do
not have to use more energy to keep food cold.
Use the air-dry feature found on many dishwashers.
On cooler days and at night, open windows or use fans to cool
Remember to check rooms that you do not use every day to make
sure windows are shut.
Postpone using the dishwasher or doing laundry until the
cooler evening hours to prevent the appliances from adding heat at the same
time you are trying to cool the home.